As the heat and humidity in Houston rise above the hundreds, so does the tempers of the team.
During the, open to the fans, Monday morning full contact practice there was a bit of a scuffle that took place. Here is how it unfolded:
First, the ball was snapped, and rookie running back Ben Tate carried the ball around the edge only to experience strong safety Bernard Pollard trying to strip the ball from his hands. This was done with Pollards usual enthusiasm.
Second, center Chris Meyers seemed to feel that Pollard’s use of force was a bit excessive, and abruptly went to emphasize his point. Some shoving ensued.
Third, Pollard did not appreciate being reprimanded by the good intentioned Meyers. So he returned the shove as Meyers was walking back to the huddle.
Fourth, this is where it gets exciting, right tackle and newly self appointed vindicator of all infractions to the offence Eric Winston shot like a bullet after Pollard. Have you ever seen a 6’-7” 310 pound bullet? It was an awesome display of a very large man moving really quickly.
Fifth, the emotional leader of the defense, and the protector of everything offence rolled in a melee on the ground. This was visible only for a split second before defensive tackle Amobi Okoye lunged at Winston to defend Pollard.
Sixth, the rest of the team jumped in. That is everyone except Joel Dreessen. According to his own interview on the Houston Texans web site, he states that he tries to avoid team fights, and still look cool somehow.
The take away from this scuffle is that this team is done playing around, and real leaders are beginning to emerge and act out when called upon. Do we condone fighting? No, but we applaud teammates who defend each other.
Wonder how many times they watched the film, and thought, “I didn’t know Winston could move that fast.”